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New SoCs address entire solid state storage market

Posted: 04 Jun 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SoC  power consumption  embedded CPU  processor 

Taiwan's Computex show served as an opportunity for Marvell as the company introduced two consumer-related product solutions. The first of these products is the Mavell 88F6000 series featuring the Shiva embedded CPU technology. According to the company, the SoC devices bring low power, high performance application processing to next-generation digital home gateways.

"The 88F6000 series excels by providing the processing power needed to handle multiple data rich applications simultaneously, while reducing power consumption and boosting system performance." said Paramesh Gopi, vice president and general manager, embedded and emerging business unit, communications and consumer business group at Marvell.

In IP gateways, STBs, home routers and media servers, the Marvell 88F6000 plays the role of a main or co-processor, offloading applications such as the graphical user interface and the web browser from the primary video processor. The Marvell 88F6000 series also adds Network Attached Storage (NAS) functionality to the standard PC architecture, enabling PCs operating in stand-by mode to continue performing network functions such as movie downloads and disc backup, while minimising power consumption, says the company.

Marvell's new SoCs will initially come in three versions, the 88F6180, 88F6192 and the 88F6281, with the 88F6281 capable at running of speeds up to 2GHz, while consuming an ultra low sub 2W of power. Each device in the family comes with application software that speeds development and reduces time to market. The highly integrated SoCs come with two SATA ports, a USB port, PCIe port and an SDIO port among others. In addition, the new series is backward compatible with existing Marvell solutions.

New iniative
Meanwhile, Marvell marks its entry into the solid-state controller market with the introduction of the ultra-slim Marvell 88NV8120 PCIe-based NAND flash controller, the first Marvell product in a planned range of solid state-storage controllers.

The Marvell 88NV8120 controller is designed for use in both PCs and Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs). According to the company, in notebook and desktop PCs with disc drives, the 88NV8120 enhances performance by enabling a solid-state storage sub-system to store and load the operating system and applications software more quickly. This combination of HDD and solid-state memory, says Marvell, maximises performance and capacity while keeping costs low.

What the company offers, says Alan Armstrong, vice president of marketing, storage business group, is "delivering performance with the right cost."

In developing the product, Marvell banks on its more than 10 years of experience in the disc drive controller market. "Marvell is uniquely positioned to bring the performance advantages of solid state storage to a broad range of applications," notes Sehat Sutardja, Marvell chairman and CEO. "With the introduction of this product we are unveiling our strategy to address the entire solid state storage market with exceptional controller devices."

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